Students from Tjuntjuntjara Remote Community School in Western Australia, one of the remotest communities in Australia, will perform and help celebrate 2013 Indigenous Literacy Day at the Sydney Opera House, Wednesday 4 September.

During the ceremony, the Tjuntjuntjara students will read stories they wrote and which have been published by ILF in the book HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW.  13 year-old Melbourne based school boy, Lachie Coman, who visited Tjuntjuntjara and inspired the storywriting, will also play a key role in the ceremony.

This year's event will be hosted by Natalie Ahmat, NITV news reader and will include Ursula Yovich, together with a host of ILF's ambassadors including Andy Griffiths, Anita Heiss and Josh Pyke as well as students from 15 Sydney schools.  

WHAT IS INDIGENOUS LITERACY DAY?   Indigenous Literacy Day is a real celebration of literacy, focusing on raising awareness and urgently needed funds to buy books and literacy resources for remote communities that the Foundation supports around Australia.

2013 celebrations marks the 7th Indigenous Literacy Day which aims to raise over $200,000.  Over 20,000 students, including libraries, businesses and individuals will take part in events including Great Book Swaps and other nominated fundraisers.  In addition, publishers, bookselles and authors from the Australian Book Industry have pledged funds and will hold events and other fundraising activities.

This year the Foundation is also launching ta social media campaign called GET CAUGHT READING.  Individuals are invited to donate $5 or more, upload a photograph and say why reading is important.  Read more here.


• MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Sydney: Great Book Swap involving Kamileroi painter and author Elaine Russell, along with other authors.

• UTS, Jumbunna College, Writing and magazine workshops, as well as working with actors, playwrights and authors including Leah Purcell on photography, script writing, spoken word and music.

• In Perth, there will be a special event with Warburton Remote Playgroup Mums and babies demonstrating how BOOK BUZZ is working.

• In Melbourne, ONE WORD ONE DAY ART AUCTION will be launched at ABC Melbourne Studios at 6pm.  Organised by the ASA in conjunction with Micador, the event will auction over 70 works of art by leading illustrators to raise funds for ILF. All welcome!

• In Canberra, AIATSIS is hold a Peninsula Book Fair & Sausage Sizzle, 12-2pm

Other Melbourne other celebrations including a Great Book Swap with children's writer and illustrator Annette Sax at Wattle Glen Primary School. A huge exhibition together with storytelling, drawing and cultural awareness workshop with over 300 students has been organised by Cranbourne Library.


  • Posted 26 August, 2013

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